Jamal Murray scores 28, Nuggets defeat slumping Pistons

DETROIT — Jamal Murray scored 28 points as the Nuggets handed the Detroit Pistons their seventh straight loss, posting a 103-84 victory on Tuesday night.

Trey Lyles added 20 points for Denver. Wilson Chandler scored 18 points, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Reserves Langston Galloway (18 points) and Boban Marjanovic (14) led the Pistons in scoring. Reggie Jackson was the only Detroit starter to reach double figures with 12 points.

Detroit turned the ball over eight times in the game’s first nine minutes, and was down 12 points as a result.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy went to his bench early, and Marjanovic started a rally with his post offense.

The Denver lead was down to 33-30 when Andre Drummond returned to the floor, but Van Gundy went back to Marjanovic after the Nuggets went back up 44-36 late in the half. Drummond finished with just five points in 27 minutes.

The Nuggets led 49-40 at halftime, outshooting Detroit 48.7 percent to 33.3 percent.

The Pistons starters, who shot 26 percent (13-for-50) in Sunday’s loss to the Boston Celtics, hit 24 percent (6-for-25) with 11 turnovers in the first half against Denver.

Denver kept up in the pace on both ends of the floor in the third quarter, taking a 72-52 lead late in the period. They led 80-60 going into the fourth and were never seriously threatened.